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Veritasium video << Check out this entertaining YouTube video about snow-crystal science, made by the good folks at Veritasium.

>> You can find the FULL story about the science of snow crystal formation in my magnum opus at right (weighting in at 456 pages) -- published by Princeton University Press.

Natural Snowflakes
Snowflakes fall with a fascinating variety of shapes and patterns -- including stellar dendrites, hollow columns, triangular crystals, and many more. Click here to see the common crystals as well as some exotic varieties.

Designer Snowflakes
I grow my own snow crystals in the snowflake lab, where I can create my own designs, including some you will not find in nature. Click here to see how this is done.

Growing Snowflakes
Click on this image to watch snow crystals as they grow in snowflake lab. It takes about 15-60 minutes to grow a large snowflake, and this process is compressed to around 10-30 seconds using time-lapse photography

Snowflake Science
How are snow crystals made, and why do they have the shapes they do? Why are they all so different, and how come the six branches grow so similarly?  Click here to learn how all this works.

Snow & Ice Activities
Ice and water are all around us, and they are fascinating to learn about. You too can grow your own snowflakes, make some snowflake fossils, or investigte the mysterious ice spikes. Click here to find out how..

> Proper paper snowflakes 
> Preserve a snowflake
> Ice spikes
> Ice crystal halos
> Snowflake photography

    And you don't want to miss any of these:
A Monster
Snow Crystal
Movies of Growing Snowflakes Identical Twin Snowflakes? WEIRD Snowflakes Snowflakes on a Stick
Snowflake History Why is snow white? Searching for the perfect snowflake Fishbones Snowflake

The Greatest Snow on Earth Snowflake Fun Facts Myths and Nonsense Snowflake Fossils Freezer Snowflakes

  Site Index

From any page:
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Natural Snowflakes
> Snowflake Photographs
> Guide to Snowflakes
> The Greatest Snow on Earth
> A Monster Snow Crystal
> Snowflake Books
> Why is Snow White?
> Snow and Ice Activities
> Cutting Paper Snowflakes
> Snowflake Weather
> Weird Snowflakes
> Copyright Information
> Preserving Snowflakes
Designer Snowflakes
> Photos of Designer Snowflakes
> Videos of Growing Snowflakes
> "Identical-Twin" Snowflakes
> Electric Ice Needles
> Snowflake Books
> Freezer Snowflakes
> Fishbone Dendrites
> Copyright Information

Snowflake Science
> A Snowflake Primer
> Snowflake Books
> The Morphology Diagram
> Snow Crystal Faceting
> Snow Crystal Branching
> Snow Crystal Sharpening
> Snowflake Fun Facts
> Snow and Ice Activities
> What's it Good For?

About the author
Kenneth G. Libbrecht is a professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  A North Dakota native, Ken studies the molecular dynamics of crystal growth, including how ice crystals grow from water vapor, which is essentially the physics of snowflakes.  He has authored several books on this topic, including The Snowflake: Winter’s Frozen Artistry, The Secret Life of a Snowflake, The Art of the Snowflake, and Ken Libbrecht’s Field Guide to Snowflakes. He can be reached at has been bringing you snowflake photos and facts since February 1, 1999. Over 26 million visitors so far!

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